- Friday 29 June 2012
The Coolum to Nambour bus trial has been extended until October 30 giving residents one last chance to use or lose the 623 service.
Funded by Sunshine Coast Council’s Public Transport Levy, the all-stop service provides a direct link between Coolum and Nambour saving passengers up to 50 minutes travel time.
Transport Strategy Portfolio Councillor, Rick Baberowski said the extension meant council would have 12 months worth of data to assess the level of demand for the direct service and determine whether it should become permanent.
"Passenger numbers and the results of surveys sent to more than 10,000 residents will provide sufficient data to inform council’s decision whether to continue funding for the service," Councillor Baberowski said.
"Now that it’s close to decision time, residents can use the remaining four months to demonstrate there is sustainable demand for this service by spreading the word and by jumping on board.
"This is one of the ways council is using the Public Transport levy to work with the community to find the best public transport solutions."
The service runs from Coolum stopping at the Sunshine Coast Airport terminal building, continuing on via Bli Bli to Nambour, taking in the Nambour Hospital and the Nambour Rail Station where it meets up with train and bus connections.
It currently operates four return bus journeys a day, seven days a week with an early and mid morning run as well as a mid afternoon and evening run.
Prior to implementation of the service, council worked with the community to determine the best route and timetable options to meet their travel needs.
The timetable and route map is available from council offices, the TransLink website www.translink.com.au or by calling 13 12 30 anytime.